Fisheries biologists have completed fall reproduction surveys, which evaluate natural reproduction, stocking success and forage abundance in many waters across the state. And, mostly, the news is good.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
The worst drought in recent memory this past summer has depleted the population of the popular game bird in the two states, where pheasant hunting is big business.
Minot, N.D., committee focusing on reducing the population of turkey, deer, geese, raccoons and rabbits.
The number of duck-hunting wetlands in North Dakota is down about 40 percent from last year, to the lowest level in nine years, according to the Game and Fish Department’s annual fall wetland survey.
But fair reproduction for ducks in traditional breeding areas this year still makes for good fall hunting potential in the state.
Whooping cranes are in the midst of their fall migration and sightings will increase as they make their way into and through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked. Whoopers stand about five feet tall and have a wingspan…
Total pheasants observed per 100 miles are down 61 percent from last year, brood observations down 63 percent, and average brood size down 19 percent from 2016.
On the eve of the season opener for both, Game and Fish announces that sharptail numbers are down 29 percent from 2016, while partridge are down 62 percent. So, “in general, hunting will be fair at best.”
Five of the once-in-a-lifetime licenses available, three fewer than last year, after summer survey finds 83 rams in the western Badlands, 21 fewer than in 2016.
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logNorth Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 9. State Game and Fish Department upland game biologist R.J. Gross says hunters will likely see fewer sharptails and Huns compared to last year, while ruffed grouse numbers are up from 2016. Gross said that hot, dry early summer…
“The right thing for landowners, tribal members, wildlife and North Dakota hunting enthusiasts.”
There’s less water to attract breeding ducks in the spring, fewer insects to feed young ducks, and longer distances for young ducks to travel on foot after they leave the nest, making them more vulnerable to predators.
In 2016, pheasant harvest down 15 percent, sharptails 21 percent and Hungarian partridge 9 percent from 2015.
The PLOTS program will have about 737,000 acres available for the fall 2017 hunting season. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department)The State Game and Fish Department recently posted the 2017 version of the North Dakota Private Land Open to Sportsmen, or PLOTS, guide to its website. In addition to the updated maps showing PLOTS acres and other public lands available…
This year’s brood index came in at 3.68 broods per square mile, down 5 percent from last year. The statewide average since the survey began in 1955 is 2.59 broods per square mile. Overall brood size was up 8 percent from last year.
But for the most part, season framework similar to last year.
North Dakota’s 2017 small game and furbearer regulations are set, and while most season structures are similar to last year, there are some notable changes: Fur harvesters will have an opportunity to take river otters, with a season limit of 15 taken by traps or cable devices. A limit of one per person is allowed during this season. As per…
Bag limits and licensing requirements are the same as last year. However, the west boundary of the Missouri River Canada Goose zone, north of N.D. Highway 200, is extended to N.D. Highway 8.
Hunting season set with 410 licenses available; two units that were open last year closing this season.
More than 12 million fingerlings stocked, and in smaller fisheries, besting the previous high by more than 1 million fish.
But according to wildlife agency, brood surveys, which begin in late July and are completed by September, provide a much better estimate of summer pheasant production and what hunters might expect for a fall pheasant population.
While many of North Dakota’s ANS prevention regulations are similar to surrounding states and provinces, there are some subtle differences that could lead to travel interruption or citations depending on the circumstances.
Index below 3 million for the first time since 1994, but still 23 percent above the long-term average (1948-2016) and 24th highest on record.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers a few simple reminders to help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.
It’s the combined harvest from the August Canada goose management take and the September Canada goose hunting season.
New North Dakota buffalo record; largest fish ever weighed in state that wasn’t a paddlefish or pallid sturgeon
For the second time in less than three weeks, a North Dakota bow fisherman has set a new state record.